Hundreds graduate from UCCI

Several hundred students graduated from the University College of the Cayman Islands on Thursday, 7 July.  

The ceremony, which was attended by scores of well wishers, government officials and faculty was held at the Vassel Johnson Hall on the school’s campus. 

In his opening remarks, UCCI President Roy Bodden told those gathered that despite uncertainties and challenges, the school has managed to forge ahead, with the focus being placed on resilience, resourcefulness and improvements.  

Some of the school’s accomplishments outlined by the president in his address included the formal launch of the University College Choir in December 2010; the hiring of an adjunct faculty member with the specific objective of working to establish the performing arts at the University College; the joining of the Charter Members of the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative’s ranks; the selection of the University by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment to be its Accredited Training Provider in the Cayman Islands; the selection of UCCI to pilot the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions Associate Degree in Information Communications Technology; the development and successful implementation of a precollege studies programme. 

History was also made at the graduation ceremony, with five students who studied exclusively at the Cayman Brac campus graduating on the evening. The president said the Operational Policies and Procedures Manual has now been completed and will be forwarded to the Administrative and Academic Committee for review, prior to going to the Board of Governors. 

The Valedictorian address on the evening came from Kayla Shibli who told her peers, “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” 

She reminded her fellow graduates to remember their struggles and achievements with pride. 

“Through the years you have set goals and met each challenge with enough courage and determination to overcome the many obstacles you’ve encountered along the way. What we have received from UCCI has equipped us to prepare for our future,” Ms Shibli said. 

Guest speaker for the eventing was Pilar Bush, founder and managing director of AtWater 
Consulting Ltd. 


Samantha Diane Ebanks accepts her certificate. – PHOTOs: STUART WILSON